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NCFS 2024 North Central – Randolph County

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A vegetable garden.


Randolph County Center, 1003 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC 27203



Classroom sessions will be held on the dates below from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Snacks, drinks, course material, and online resources will be provided.

February 13th and 27th

March 12th and 26th

April 9th and 23rd

May 14th and 28th


Program cost is $300 per person or $550 per joint registration


Field days will be held on the dates below in the counties listed from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., lunch will be provided. Details will be announced two weeks prior to Field Days.

February 22nd: Alamance County

March 28th: Randolph County

April 18th: Forsyth County 

May 2nd: Guilford County

May 30th: Davidson County


Agent Team:

(Hosting agents indicated with an asterisk)

Cody Craddock* Extension Agent, Agriculture – Horticulture Randolph County
Adam Lawing* Extension Agent, Agriculture – Livestock Randolph County
Bill Kleiner County Extension Director – Commercial Horticulture Alamance County
Sam Boring Extension Agent, Agriculture – Horticulture Davidson County
Ben Grandon Extension Agent, Agriculture – Horticulture, Field Crops Guilford County
Celine Richard Extension Agent, Agriculture – Horticulture Forsyth County


  • Is attendance mandatory? We encourage in-person attendance to get the most from NCFS but we respect preferences and schedule requirements for all students. We expect students to attend 6 of the 8 sessions based on how they indicated attendance on their application. We also expect a completed basic business plan to receive a graduate certificate. Field day attendance is not required as a part of the graduation requirement but field day attendance will be in person only.
  • When are applications due? Applications are reviewed and accepted monthly from September-January or until all program spots are full. All applications are due on or before January 5th or until the program spots are full. We cap the class at 30 people to ensure we have the capacity to serve each student well.
  • How will I know if I was accepted? If you have applied, those who are accepted will receive an email notification along with payment terms and instructions.
  • What does the tuition cover? Our program is subsidized and the cost you see reflected is a portion of the cost it requires to run the program. This is thanks to sponsors and state funding made available to help start and support farms in NC. Those dollars go to local food, local farmers, course materials, program development, and our graduation event which is open for all students to attend with a guest.
  • Are there online-based resources? We have a student-based website as well as an online/interactive business planning tool. The program embraces all learning styles and completion of a business plan is possible in multiple formats.
  • Are farm consultations included? This program includes an on-farm consultation visit and students are expected to sign up for their on-farm visit based on a scheduled availability communicated via email and sign-up link.
  • Are there discounts? If you have attended small farm boot camp you will receive a $25 discount for a single or double registration.

For specific questions about billing or for persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Cody Craddock, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Randolph County Center at (336) 318-6003,, at least 10 business days prior to the event.